I just accepted a position at Johns Hopkins. I am thrilled, but as a new grad, I am a little intimidated and nervous about it all. Just wondering if anyone has any advise, or any insight into the orientation/spring program.
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It seems pretty simple but as a new nurse, I wish someone would have reminded me that nurses are human... we all make mistakes. And knowing how to deal with mistakes is what will make you a better nurse. Despite what your fears tell you, it's possible to live through your first year of nursing, but it won't always be easy. Ask for help when you need it. Get over the fear of looking stupid if you ask a question - better safe than sorry. Especially during your first few years, you need to double and triple check everything.
Congrats on your new job. Don't be too hard on yourself. You'll catch on eventually... I speak from experience : )
Yes, I do start on Halloween. I will be on Weinberg 4C, Surgical Oncology. Where will you be? I guess we will see each other at orientation I go for my OH appointment on Monday, so hopefully I will get more information on the orientation and whats to follow. It all happened so fast for me that I am really grateful, but didn't ask all of these questions because I really was just overwhelmed at the time.
Ah congrats--is that the UAP/RN position? I interviewed for a Weinberg position last week but I was waiting to respond to a job offer till my interview last week with Meyer 3, a general psychiatric unit when I was offered the NCI position.My OH appointment is next Monday too! haha.I feel like there's no time before I start orientation. Are you currently living in Baltimore?
Originally they said that I was interviewing for the RN/UAP position, but they ended up offering me the RN position by the end of the interview. Not exactly sure why a position was suddenly available, but I won't complain. Congrats on your position of choice. What did you think of Weinberg? Med/surg would not be my first choice, but I was told that OB/Gyn would require at least a year of experience. All of the nurses I talked to on the unit said that they hadn't intended to work in a post surgical unit but ended up staying because they really enjoy it and the people that they work with. I think that is a good point, so I am hoping I will feel the same, or at least be able to get 1-2 years under my belt.
That's exactly what happened with me and the Meyer 3 position about initially interviewing for the RN/UAP position then it turning out for a RN postion. I'm still in disbelief because I finally have a job! haha
I did like Weinberg, the staff all seemed very upbeat. And I was going to use that position to basically get my foot in the door. But the moment I stepped foot on Meyer 3 I KNEW that I was going to work there. My two biggest passions are psych (specifically adolescents, psych/ed, and eating disorders) and OB/PEDS too so we'll see how everything goes once I get more experience with the psychiatric department.
Regardless, every employee I've met throughout the hospital all seemed that internal positions are much more accessible once you've completed the SPRING program.
I am so happy for you that you got what you really wanted! I am not sure what I really want to do in nursing. I do know that there isn't anything I really didn't like, so I think that is a good thing. I am assuming that once I get started, things will get clearer. So what do you know about the orientation or the spring program. My orientation is 12 weeks, but I am not exactly sure what that entails. I am wondering if we have that same start date but different units, will we be in the same orientation? I am so new to all of this I really don't know what to expect.
If you look on the nursing website for Hopkins Ithink there's a general orientation for all new hospital hires the first two days and then Wednesday would be for new graduates but I'm not exactly sure. I know that no matter how Long your units orientation is the SPRING program is definitely a year long and I think that all the new graduates of October would be in the same group for that year, but this is me guessing. There's some info on the Hopkins nursing site about the first two days of orientation but I still feel that there is so much stuff I'm unaware of. After my physical Monday when I go the nurse recruitment team I'm sure they'll explain the process more in-depth!
Congratulations on landing a job at a prestigious, nationally recognized leader in the field of innovative health care (and that's putting it mildly!).
You have been blessed by this, use it wisely. As another poster pointed out, learn everything you can. Seek out others who will not "eat their young" and by the end of your first year, you will be nearer finding out what your true niche is in nursing. Some are fortunate enough when they first start out they know and stay in the same area of nursing. But nursing is a profession where there are many avenues to travel and learn. Attend as many educational offerings by the hospital as you can, go to all staff meetings, offer to help others on your unit when you can do so without jeopardizing your own assignment, be kind, SMILE (a lot), be confident (but not over confident) --you made it through nursing school and passed boards - - you have a reason to smile and to show confidence.
You said you are a new grade but not knowing the educational level you have already achieved, if you have not at least attained a BSN, I encourage you to do so. Use the ethical principles of autonomy, beneficence, nonmaleficence, and justice in all you do both on and off the job. Remember that you are now a representative of the hospital and even your off-duty behavior can affect your position at the hospital.
If you unsure of how to do something, ASK. If you feel uncomfortable in a situation, SPEAK. If you do not know how to use a certain device or supply item, SEEK someone who can help you.
I have a feeling you will be an excellent nurse. Most important....BELIEVE in YOU!!!
Best of luck in your new job and in what I hope will be a long, rewarding, and fulfilling career in the field of helping others.
I'm a new grad that will also start on Halloween. I'm a little confuse about how the spring program works, do we have weekly classes for the 12 months? Are we going to be on day&night rotation throughout orientation or strickly days?